The Portal December 2017 - Page 17

THE P RTAL December 2017 Page 17 News from the Ordinariate Homeless Bus to get home at St Agathas T his project aims to use a converted double decker bus as the first step in a programme to provide help and support to some of Portsmouth’s 40 rough sleepers. The converted Routemaster donated by Stagecoach, went on display at Fratton Park, the home of Portsmouth FC, on 26th November. supporters to see what else should be provided to those rough sleeping here in the City. Among the top issues the Project has identified is providing access to medical, psychological and addiction services. Rough sleepers are far more likely to have a diagnosed mental health problem, or are recovering from, an alcohol The bus, the brainchild of Joanne Vines and Sammy problem. Worryingly, people sleeping on the street Barcroft, is being made available to Portsmouth as are also 17 times more likely to have been victims of Government figures show rough sleeping in England violence. More than one in three people sleeping rough has rocketed. Between 2010-2016 it soared by over 130 have been deliberately hit or kicked or experienced per cent from 1,800 to over 4,000 on any given night some other form of violence, whilst the life expectancy and despite various Government initiatives, official of a homeless person is just 47. estimates suggest that each year around 34,500 people Fr Robert Dolling was the priest of St Agatha’s will sleep rough. between 1885-1895. A great social reformer, he Fr Maunder continued, “What has been particularly frequently challenged authorities to do more to impressive is the energy and support that Joanne and improve the lives of his parishioners’, including the Sammy have received from local people, organisations appalling state of their housing. and companies; from Highbury College for the bunks, Genie Acrylics for all the vinyls and GJC electricals Fr Maunder concluded, “It is important that we for converting the bus electrics, to name a few. This engage with all the citizens of Portsmouth so that really has been a team effort, and everyone involved we can all work together to help some of the most should feel extremely proud of their achievements.” vulnerable people in the city. Over a hundred years ago Robert Dolling shared a common platform with anyone The idea of the Robert Dolling project followed a prepared to help feed and shelter those who had been meeting between Fr Maunder and a group of the Bus’s abandoned. We now invite people to do the same”. Fr Maunder from St Agathas’ commented, “When I heard about this incredible community-based project, I knew this church could help by providing a base, because we are close to an existing group of rough sleepers and have the space to accommodate it.” Ordination O n Tuesday 24 th October Ian Westby became the newest priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, when he was ordained in St Mary’s Church, Stockton on Tees, by the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. With Mgr Newton’s blessing Fr Westby will continue to serve at St Mary’s. Fr Ian is the priest between Bishop Seamus Cunningham of Hexham & Newcastle (top left) and Mgr Keith Newton (right). The priest to the left of the Bishop) is Fr John Cooper, parish priest of St Cuthbert’s in Stockton. Coat of Arms Lapel Badge of the Personal Ordinariate Show Badge and Cufflinks your sold in support Clergy Stipends support available from: Ordinariate Lapel Badge, Ladies’ available from: John Worley, for 48 Lawn Lane, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9HL Ordinariate Group, 22 Redcross Way, London SE1 1TA Cost: £5 (inc P&P) - cheques payable to: Ordinariate OLW the Badges: £4 each - Cufflinks: £12 (pair) please remember to include your name and address Ordinariate please include SAE - cheques payable to: Ordinariate olw